We were delighted to organise a tailor-made holiday to South Africa for John and his daughter Beth. Here’s what they had to say about their trip with Equatours…
As a keen cyclist, I’d had the Cape Town Cycle Tour on my “to do list” for some years. Added to this, going to South Africa was a bucket list item for me, so I decided to research possibilities for myself and my eldest daughter Beth to accompany me. Google was my companion for a few weeks as I went down a few dead ends, trying to decide whether to do all the bookings/arrangements myself or to book via a tour operator. My biggest challenge was combining the cycle tour with seeing some of South Africa (what parts, where is it safe to go, etc.). Eventually, I found Equators, and started email dialogue with Wendy. My googling had ended! Wendy was just fantastic, I change my mind on this and that, we discussed various options, and eventually I ended up with a customised trip built around all my requirements.
We’d depart from Heathrow and have 4 nights in Cape Town (one day I’d be doing the Cycle Tour), then fly to Port Elizabeth, pick up a hire car and start a 6-day drive across the garden route back to Cape Town where we’d then fly back to Gatwick. Our garden route trip consisted of 2 nights at the Kuzuko Lodge, 2 nights at Brenton on Sea, 1 night at Oudtshoorn and 1 night at Hermanus.
Eventually the day for departure arrived, and bike box safely in the aircrafts hold, off we went. I could say it at the end of this short story, or now – we had a wonderful time, full of so many memories and experiences. The only negative I can think of is that we weren’t there long enough, and felt there was so much more to see.
Cape Town is a vibrant, safe city to visit. Getting around was easy – Uber was cheap and quick, or take the tour bus and get off/on where you need to all day. The food was excellent and very competitively priced. We did the usual tourist spots (Victoria & Albert seafront, the Table Mountain, Camp Bay etc.). The highlight for my daughter was paragliding over Cape Town.
For me it was Table Mountain – wow, the views
And of course, I did the Cape Town Cycle Tour but not without distractions that slowed me down – mostly stopping to take photos!
It was here we first experienced the brilliant sunsets.
Then the drive through the Garden Route – the most amazing place was Kuzuko Lodge, where we went out on game drives, had wonderful meals, and the room and its views were stunning. You can’t help but notice the silence – not a sound. Everybody should go here at least once in their life.
Then we drove to Brenton on Sea and stayed at the Brenton Haven – wow, what a perfect place after Cape Town and Kuzuko. It had been a busy period, and we felt we needed a little downtime – this was the place! The accommodation was excellent, the views stunning and the food (as always), very good.
From here we drove to the Turnberry Boutique Hotel in Oudtshoorn, but not before de-touring to the Knysna Elephant Park, where they have rescued elephants. Here we fed elephants and walked alongside them, stroking their upper legs. What an experience.
We then drove to Hermanus and stayed at the Whale Rock Luxury Lodge. The main disappointment here was that we were only staying 1 night! A lovely place to stay, with stunning cliff sidewalks, and plenty of food options.
Finally, we had to drive back to Cape Town and fly home, but not before we stopped at our favourite restaurant in Camp Bay, where we had lunch overlooking the sandy beach with the surf rolling in. We decided that this ended up being a splendid reconnaissance trip, we know a little more about South Africa now and want to see and do more!
Thank you again Wendy and the Equators team for a magical and memorable holiday.
Thank you, John and Beth! We look forward to being of service to you again in the future.